Definition of Brass knuckles

1. Noun. A small metal weapon; worn over the knuckles on the back of the hand.

Exact synonyms: Brass Knucks, Knuckle Duster, Knuckles, Knucks
Generic synonyms: Arm, Weapon, Weapon System
Language type: Plural, Plural Form

Definition of Brass knuckles

1. Noun. A weapon consisting of a metal reinforcement for the clenched fist, with finger holes molded in. ¹

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Literary usage of Brass knuckles

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1. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1898)
"The information alleges that the appellant carried "brass knuckles. ... This court judicially knows that "brass knuckles" may be composed of metal other °3 ..."

2. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland (1887)
"brass knuckles signifies a certain weapon, used for offence and defence, worn upon the hand to strike with, as if striking with the fist. ..."

3. "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by Morgan Robertson (1899)
"His right hand had come out of his pocket, armed with large brass knuckles ; but before he could use them his dazed and astonished first officer went down ..."

4. The Negro in Chicago: A Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot by Illinois Chicago Commission on Race Relations (1922)
"brass knuckles were used on me. When I looked up they said, ' My God, ... The director declares that the man who hit him with the brass knuckles was ..."

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